In the Senior Secondary years of schooling students are provided with a broad range of choices in the selection of courses. Although students are encouraged to begin thinking about post school and possible career pathways there is still a strong emphasis upon students making selections based upon their interests and strengths.
In Year 10 all students study English, Science, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Religious Education, Health and Physical Education as a set of core subjects. As well as these compulsory subjects students are given the opportunity to select up to 25% of their total programme from elective subjects. The majority of elective subjects provide grounding for courses chosen in Years 11 and 12. For most courses in Year 11, the Year 10 elective in the relevant subject is highly recommended. Subjects cover a broad range of interests and areas.
Year 10 Elective Subjects
Arts– Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Art, Visual Design
Computing– Applied Information Technology, Computer Science
Food and Consumer Studies– Children and Family Studies, Food, People and Technology
Foreign and Community Languages– Chinese: second language, Indonesian: second language, Italian: second language
Materials, Design and Technology– MD&T Metal, MD&T Wood
Media– Media Studies
Physical Education– Outdoor Education, Physical Education Studies
Science– Science Project
Social Sciences– Accounting
Years 11 and 12
The Year 11 and 12 curriculum allows opportunities for students to pursue their interests and develop their strengths as they make decisions about future pathways. Approximately 30% of our senior students choose from a range of School Curriculum and Standards Authority Non-ATAR Courses with a significant number of these taking up structured workplace learning opportunities through the CareerLink programme. Those students studying Non-ATAR courses and not enrolled in the CareerLink programme are able to enrol in one of a variety of Certificate II Courses offered by the School. They are then well equipped for studies at Technical and Further Education (TAFE), participating in apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, traineeships or entry into the workplace.
A significant number of JSRACS students achieve results in their Year 12 Non-ATAR Courses which make them eligible for entry into either university preparation courses or alternative entry pathways to university, which are alternative methods of entry to degree studies.
A comprehensive range of courses covering the Humanities, Science, Maths and Arts are provided for students planning to continue their studies at university. Our students consistently perform at the very best levels in both tertiary and non-tertiary entrance Courses and the great majority achieve admission to the university and course of their choice. The School is proud of the achievements of our students and is committed to providing the conditions that make for continuous improvement across all areas of the curriculum.